Black cats have gotten a bad rap over the years and in rescue situations, it takes them longer to find a home.
Superstitions and misunderstandings have created a negative view of black cats for many people. Truly, a black cat crossing one's path does not bring bad luck. Nor do witches transform themselves into black cats in order to prowl streets unobserved as became a central belief in America during the Salem witch hunts.
Despite the fact that black cats are entirely awesome, they are statistically less likely to be adopted than the more brightly colored felines.
How awesome are they?
Here are a number of very good reasons to adopt a black cat:
- Black goes with everything – your black cat will make a great accessory to any outfit and you won’t need a lint brush for that little black dress…or suit.
- Every room should have a black accent piece and with a resident black cat or two, your home will always be chic.
- Black is beautiful and always in fashion and these cats come in a variety of styles. Their color may be pure black, black tabby, chocolate shaded black, blue black or black with tiny white highlights here and there. Their fur may be a sleek, thick, fluffy or bunny-soft. And their eyes can be yellow, green eyes, hazel or gray.
- Black cats are more fun. They are playful, inquisitive, interactive, entertaining and full of spunk and energy. They are the epitome of a good time.
- Black cats are stereotypically more intelligent – it comes from being descended from a long line of feline royalty. And they’ve had to be smarter to survive all the bad press they get.
- Black cats are extra loving. They know that they need to try harder and are super affectionate and social.
- The best reason to adopt a black cat? In addition to gaining a loyal and loving feline companion, you will be saving a life!
The positive beliefs
And by the way, about those negative superstitions, here are a few positive ones that are not heard as often:
In Britain, on the Yorkshire coast, wives of fishermen believe that their menfolk will return safely if a black cat is kept in the house.
Scottish lore dictates that black cat on a porch brings prosperity to the owner.
In the south of France, black cats are referred to as "matagots" or "magician cats." According to local superstition, they bring good luck to owners who feed them well and treat them with the respect they deserve.
Black cats were once treated like royalty in the homes of English sailors, who believed that keeping them happy would ensure fair weather when they went to sea. They became so high-priced that few sailors could afford them!
So go ahead and adopt a black cat…or two!